Crosswalk.com recently published a list I gathered of 25 ideas for creative church ministry during a pandemic.
If there was ever a time that the old adage “the Church is not a building” rings true, it was during the pandemic.
In many cases, the congregation couldn’t even go near the church building because of stay-at-home mandates and social distancing.
But don’t forget that early Christians were dislodged from their meeting places and dispersed because of persecution, resulting in the spread of the Gospel far and wide. Perhaps the pandemic-forced dispersion will awaken us to new ways to share God’s love.
I think this time presents a unique opportunity for God’s people and his church to share Hope and meet needs in creative ways.
The list of 25 ideas I put together includes thoughts for creative online services, creative outreach (online and in person), and unique ideas for children’s and youth ministry.
I think all 25 ideas are very helpful, but some of my favorites include:
#1 Tap Digitally Experienced Youth. They can add creativity to online services.
#7 Get Bodies Involved. Prayerful Movement helps us process and connect.
#10 Online Prayer Ministry. Prayer ministry online can be surprisingly powerful.
#11 Drive-IN church. Why not take church to places where people are still allowed to go?
#14 Pop-Up Sacred Space. Bring sacred space to the community.
#18 Family Flash Mobs. Thrill the neighbors.
#19 Obstacle Course. Keep the kids busy and help them compete online!
#25 Physical Spiritual Warfare. Get youth involved in the fight.
May God bless you with peace, grace, and creative ideas as you follow him in this incredible time in history.
During covid I had a thought. “if they can have concerts on the porch, why can’t I have art on the porch? I started painting simple watercolors 18″ x 24” that the Holy Spirit downloaded to be during streaming worship services. I put them outside on my porch, which is about 12′ from the sidewalk, easy for folks to see. I started getting comments from my neighboors and was able to reach out with a prophetic art card for a gal who lived down the street, who was very discouraged. I was commissioned to paint the portrait of a homeless person for the local Springs Rescue Mission Thanksgiving card. I never would have had these connections if I hadn’t taken a risk to do the art and put it out for the public to experience.
J Scott McElroy
This is wonderful, Kris!